Haas is rich with a community reflecting a variety of cultural identities. Each of our degree programs and departments benefits from creating an inclusive environment that cultivates belonging and full participation of everyone’s talents.
While some populations are numerically a minority, they are not necessarily ‘underrepresented’ at Haas vis a vis their population size in the U.S. nor due to historical/institutional practices. There are a number of populations that have been actively excluded from accessing higher education and participating in business opportunities historically in the United States and have had a cumulative impact of existing disparities in representation. The aim of the DEI strategic plan is to address these existing barriers, such that we are creating access for these particular populations that are currently underrepresented due to historical, systemic exclusionary policies and practices. Namely, these include women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and religious minorities, and African American, US Latinx, and Native American/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that we are cultivating an inclusive community for everybody, regardless of their level of over- or under-representation. While the DEI Office offers services for the Haas population at large, each department and degree program has specific population needs to address, such as parents and elder caregivers, international students, first-generation students. We also seek to ensure that we are continuing to provide avenues for representation, inclusion, equity, and belonging for those who are from historically excluded groups.